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The Irish Dance Podcast by The Irish Dance Podcast - 3w ago

Scott Porter hails from Sydney, Australia. He was trained by the renowned Janice Currie Henderson. In his competitive Irish Dance career Scott won numerous titles across the world, in both solo and team competitions. 
 
Having enjoyed the competitive aspect of dancing, Scott undertook many TV and live performance roles with productions such as ‘Haste To The Wedding’, ‘Magical Rhythms of Ireland’, and Australian children entertainment sensation ‘The Wiggles’.
 
Scott joined the cast of ‘Riverdance – The Show’ in 1999. He went on to star as Lead Dancer, and then became Dance Captain for the Show’s US, and European productions.
 
After leaving ‘Riverdance’ in 2006 he became the Producer, and CEO of worldwide platinum selling groups, ‘Celtic Woman’ and ‘The High Kings’, whilst managing two record labels and a publishing company, simultaneously. 
 
Scott has produced, directed and choreographed critically acclaimed TV shows, and live show productions, that have aired and performed to millions of people around the globe.
 
Scott and his partner Lisa Kelly, now run and operate The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy, and Kavanagh Porter Warren Academy USA with locations in both Georgia and Florida. The couple wanted to establish a non-competitive and confidence building environment for budding vocalists, dancers, actors, and performers to thrive in. So far, this has been the highlight of Scott’s distinguished, and varied career. 
 
Scott and Lisa’s production company – Kelly Porter Productions – recently produced the Lisa Kelly ‘The Voice of Ireland’Lisa Kelly ‘A Celtic Christmas’, and Chloe Agnew ‘An Irish Heart’ concert productions.

The post Ep 27 – Scott Porter appeared first on The Irish Dance Podcast.

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The Irish Dance Podcast by The Irish Dance Podcast - 1M ago

Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain is an Irish Dancer, Performer, Teacher, and Adjudicator. She is a former primary school teacher and is now a Doctor and lecturer at the University of Limerick.

In 2003, she was appointed as resident artist in dance at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. During her residency at Williams, she co-choreographed a ballet entitled Grace O’‘Malley – She King of the Irish Seas for the dance company in collaboration with faculty member Holly Silva. She also performed with Kusika the African ensemble and devised choreography for Gahu a traditional Ghanaian piece .

She travelled to the American Colleges Dance Festival where she gave master classes in Irish Dance as a guest faculty member at Williams. She also took classes in other dance genres such as baroque, tap, jazz, Appalachian clogging, yoga, pilates and introduction to modern dance technique classes.

During the Williamstown Jazz Festival, she collaborated with a jazz quintet and choreographed an Irish suite to a mantra by Lewis Porter. She also co-hosted a step/tap jam with celebrated performer Diane Walker.

In 2007, in her capacity as Winter Study Adjunct at Williams College, she devised a Winter Study Programme entitled Studies in Irish Diaspora. This comprised lecture demonstrations, tutorials and practical classes in Irish music, song and dance. This integrated approach culminated in a one-hour public performance by the students featuring the material and skills they learned and developed throughout the program.

In collaboration with Mick McCabe, Orfhlaith published Jigs to Jacobites: 4,000 years of Irish History told through 4o traditional set dances, available via trad.dance

The post Ep 25 – Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain appeared first on The Irish Dance Podcast.

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The Irish Dance Podcast by The Irish Dance Podcast - 1M ago

Kevin McCormack began dancing at the age of 6 for the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout 13 years of competitive Irish dance, he has traveled nationally and internationally, and won many titles including the All Ireland Championship in 2014. Pursuing his love for Irish dance, Kevin began his professional career by joining the cast of Lord of the Dance in 2013. Since then, he has performed in numerous shows – most notably in the West end in London and Broadway in New York City with Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, a North American tour with Riverdance, and Irish Dance Theatre. He has also participated in several tv performances including the Graham Norton show, the finale of Britain’s Got Talent, and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. During his professional career, Kevin developed a passion for health and fitness and after being certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he now works as a personal trainer in Boston.

Book: You’re a Badass

The post Ep 10 – Kevin McCormack appeared first on The Irish Dance Podcast.

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The Irish Dance Podcast by The Irish Dance Podcast - 1M ago

Dingle native, David Geaney, a 5 X World Champion Dancer, is taking the world by storm. After an illustrious competitive career, amassing numerous major titles including All Ireland, European, All Scotland and Great Britain Championships alongside his five world titles, he has now set his sights on choreographing and performing around the world which has seen him perform already in Belgium, Prague, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Canada and the United States.

In 2011, David’s dancing started moving away from the strict competitive style to a performance style when he took part in and won TG4’s An Jig Gig. In the same year he was a top 10 finalist in the Ernst and Young, Young Entrepreneur Programme, with performance dancing being his business idea. In 2012, he went on to win Kerry’s Got Talent, pitting his talents against dancers, singers and musicians alike with a prize fund of €5,000.

David performs regularly in his family’s bar, The Dingle Pub, in Dingle, County Kerry dancing with live musicians and entertaining tourists from all around the globe since he was 14! It is here that he established his strong connection with live music, free styling his steps to match the beat of the music…. which isn’t easy! David regularly works in the family pub, surprising tourists by taking the floor after answering their “when is the dancer” queries & serving them their delicious dinner just moments before!

His new Show with James Devine, Velocity will be hitting Broadway in the fall! Playing at the New Victory Theatre

The post Ep 6 – David Geaney appeared first on The Irish Dance Podcast.

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The Irish Dance Podcast by The Irish Dance Podcast - 1M ago

Máire Clerkin is an Irish Dance choreographer, teacher, adjudicator and performer.  She’s also a writer, actor and voice actor, with degrees in Performing Arts and Broadcast Journalism. Raised in London by Irish parents, she ran her own school of Irish dance for 12 years, following in her mother, Sheila Clerkin’s footsteps. Trained in the Performing Arts, Máire founded dance theatre touring companies, The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks, and choreographed for productions at Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Radio City Music Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as presenting shows for BBC TV and radio.  Teaching credits include University of Limerick, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College and as a teaching artist for Los Angeles Music Center, where she leads music and dance ensemble ‘A Gaelic Gathering’.  She is also a teaching artist for LA Arts Group and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, working to the national curriculum and partnering with educational bodies to create a program of theatre and Irish Dance in schools. She has been doing this since emigrating to California in 2003. Máire has produced seven Oireachtas-winning dance dramas for Irish Dance academies across the US.  She also tours her critically-acclaimed solo show, ‘The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer’ and been awarded Best of Hollywood Fringe. It has been seen by audiences in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Santa Cruz, and Jacksonville. She conducted movement sessions and dance staging with Grain of Sand Puppet Theatre in South Korea. Máire recently recorded a monologue for Telling LA, a storytelling program for PBS TV.  She co-directed and performed in Tom Crean’s Journey at the Crean International Festival in Kerry, 2013 & 2016, with PCY Productions, Martin Percival (artistic director), Michael Sherin, David Geaney and Michael Donnellan. Máire has choreographed for, among others, DV8 Physical Theatre, Theater Centre, John Hegley, Peter Sheridan – and for Colin Dunne & Jean Butler in their show, Dancing on Dangerous Ground.

The post Ep 2 – Máire Clerkin appeared first on The Irish Dance Podcast.

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